Beginning today, Marion County will loosen some COVID-19 restrictions


INDIANAPOLIS – Beginning today, Marion County will ease some coronavirus restrictions.

  • Restaurants, bars, nightclubs and food establishments may seat up to 50% indoor capacity and 100% outside
  • Museums and entertainment venues can open to 50% capacity
  • Gyms, fitness centers to 50% capacity
  • Live entertainment can resume at bars, clubs and performance venues with social distancing precautions in place; 10-foot buffer between stages and the audience; audience members must socially distance
  • Bars, restaurants must close at midnight
  • Bar-top seating will remain closed
  • Churches at 75% capacity for indoor services (no limit on outdoor services)
  • Assisted living facilities may open to indoor visitation

Mayor Joe Hogsett says Marion County is twice as populous as Indiana’s next most populous county, which is why restrictions are tighter than the rest of the state as Indiana moves into Stage 5.

Health officials say they’ll be keeping a close eye on COVID-19 cases over the next few weeks. The goal is to gets down to 35 cases per day and under a 5 percent positivity rate for two weeks.

If that happens, officials say things “will be near normal.” The hope is Marion County can get to that by Nov. 1.

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